Innovation Events: Spring Planner

by Jason Williams

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Spring is just around the corner, no matter what that pesky groundhog had to say! It’s time to get out of the office to explore, learn new ideas and connect with other innovators.

This is your Innovation Events Spring Planner. Below are a variety of innovation-related events, conferences, and festivals that should be on your radar. These are located across the globe and all take place before May. Registration is already open for all of them.

Future Festival

Each fall in Toronto, Trend Hunter hosts Future Festival, “The World’s Best Innovation Conference.” The group is taking Future Festival on the road this spring. Full-day Future Festival programs will be held in cities across North America and Europe to teach the innovation methods Trend Hunter uses to help hundreds of brands and CEOs.

Innovation Summit

The Economist Events’ Innovation Summit will gather editors of The Economist and more than 200 Fortune 500 CEOs, policymakers and disruptive entrepreneurs to share their insights and strategies for successful digital transformation.

  • February 28: Chicago (save 15% with promo code Centric15)

Intrapreneurship Conference

Intrapreneurship not only accelerates innovation and growth, it is a vehicle for company-wide transformation. Forward-looking companies are experimenting with new organizational and operational models, transforming their cultures and updating their capabilities to be fit for a world of constant change.

International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show is an unexpected opportunity for innovation learning. The show offers educational and networking events on all four days to help you connect with the industry. In the Innovation Theater, discover emerging trends and how to invigorate your new products. Each presentation is FREE to all attendees. Speakers share their knowledge of important issues in the housewares industry such as the crucial role of design, Smart Home topics, consumer lifestyle trends and new platforms for product launches.

Year of the X

Year of the X is a digital festival where innovation and inspiration meet business. Meet an amazing international network of innovators. Get a glimpse of the future and it’s meaning for you and your company. Understand and apply the core elements of mindfulness by learning from a Buddhist monk. Build your digital competency and an understanding of the latest technologies through hands-on workshops. Experience personal coaching sessions!

Hype Innovation Manager’s Forum

HYPE Forum is “the definitive forum for innovation managers.” An event focused on innovation management, it is culturally diverse, bringing attendees from across the globe, and across a wide array of industries together. It’s high impact and focuses on the sharing of success and failures at innovation, so everybody can learn and advance towards their goals. Over two days of carefully crafted talks and workshops, you will come away feeling energized, armed with insights, and deeper connections to those working as innovation practitioners.

NewCo Festivals

Best described as city-wide innovation open housesNewCo identifies, celebrates and connects the engines of positive change in society.

Innova-Con 4.0

Innova-Con 4.0 will be held, just blocks from the White House, at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center which was built to enable great ideas to converge and advance how companies build value. The community includes design thinkers, entrepreneurs, engineers and others, crafting the insights and technology to solve the toughest problems of today and the future.

The Next Era in Innovation

A Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Conference, this first-of-its-kind conference combines technology with healthcare and the life sciences to deliver innovative solutions. The Next Era in Innovation tracks includes research, digital health, investors, and policy.

  • April 13: Indianapolis (save 20% with promo code Centric20)

See you out there!
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Jason WilliamsMarketer. Innovator. Connector. Jason Williams is the Owner of SPYCOMPS consulting firm and Communication Director for Centric: Indy’s Innovation Network. Connect with him on Twitter @jawbrain

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